Ian Lawrence's Blog

So, yet another testing week in front of us, as I write we await confirmation of a date and time for consideration of our application for...Read more

24th Nov 2014

Well actually it was an afternoon, but by the time we emerged from the Directions hearing and consulted again with our learned friends and got temporarily locked in at the Royal Courts of Justice (surely not deliberate) it seemed like I had been...Read more

19th Nov 2014

Today marks the start of what is a defining moment for your union as we move towards the conclusion of this vital part of our campaign to try and prevent the part privatisation of the Probation service. Whatever happens to our quest for Judicial...Read more

17th Nov 2014
In between awaiting more news on the timetable for the Judicial Review process (another mail out by the end of the week will follow) here is some news on other issues that I hope will interest you.

Electronic Monitoring - Value

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12th Nov 2014

I signed off a members’ mail out from the Officers and myself this afternoon to update you in detail about where we are with JR. Meanwhile, I wanted to take this opportunity to personally express my appreciation to everyone (and I mean everyone)...Read more

08th Nov 2014

Well, we waited, and we waited for the grand announcement about who all these exciting and innovative providers would be, and the Cooks and Cleaners have pitched up.

That’s no disrespect to anyone...Read more

29th Oct 2014

The news that we gave out late on Friday that we had decided to allow Mr Grayling a very short extension to our ‘cease and desist’ request as part of our legal challenge seems to have ruffled his feathers....Read more

27th Oct 2014

All who have witnessed Chris Graylings chaotic meddling with the Criminal Justice System will surely be beyond exasperation at his regular use of flawed or incomplete statistics and outright lies, as he seeks to...Read more

23rd Oct 2014

I want to say a massive thank you to all those members who made the journey up to Scarborough last week. Despite the pressures of the work state and operational chaos you find yourselves in, and...Read more

14th Oct 2014

It was a real pleasure to be invited to speak at the Association of Black Probation Officers Conference in Newbold Revel yesterday. I returned to London seriously fired up after hearing a quite fabulous...Read more

04th Oct 2014